updated 10:45 am EDT, Mon May 31, 2010
ASUS teases new ROG computers, hardware
ASUS at the Computex show kicking off on Tuesday will reveal its new range of Republic of Gamers (ROG) products, including a desktop PC, notebooks, motherboard and graphics cards. Leading the group, the CG8490 desktop is powered by Intel's six-core, 3.33GHz Core i7-980X CPU and has 12GB of RAM. Graphics are handled by dual overclocked Radeon HD 5870 cards with Eyefinity support.
Portable gaming options include the new 15.6-inch G53 which supports 3D gaming thanks to a supporting NVIDIA graphics core. It also has an HDMI 1.4 connection and USB 3.0 ports. Available chips include Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7s, with up to 16GB of RAM on the quad-core versions and 8GB on the dual-cores. There are two hard drive bays that can also accommodate an SSD, and an optional Blu-ray drive. An illuminated keyboard comes stock.
The 17.3-inch G73Jw notebook has NVIDIA's new generation mobile GPU platform and can play back 1080p 3D videos, with ASUS claiming it is among the most powerful gaming notebooks out there. It gets a 1080p 120Hz LCD panel though ASUS has not revealed more details. Very little is known about the G51 3D as well, though it will also get 3D playback courtesy of NVIDIA.
As for mainboards, the Immensity concept design will be the first to sport Lucid's Hydra technology and have an onboard GPU. It will allow at least two graphics cards from any company, including AMD and NVIDIA, to work together.
The Rampage III Extreme has Intel's X58/ICH10R chipset and can be overclocked using ROG Connect, OC Kit, RC Bluetooth and a new iPhone-based overclocking control. ASUS says these allowed it to break records and do so safely thanks to its Extreme Engine Digi+ thermal design.
The Crosshair IV Formula is made for AMD-based systems, and gets the first dual-channel 2,000MHz DDR3 RAM for the platform. It also brings Core Unlocker that lets users access hidden cores on new AMD CPUs. Overclocking is possible through ASUS' Turbo Key II feature.
New graphics cards include the MATRIX5870 and ARES. The former is based on and AMD design and brings overclocking capabilities along with power efficiency. The latter has two Radeon 5870 cores with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and high-powered cooling.
ASUS has not yet revealed ship dates or pricing information for any of these products.